Mental Health affects all aspects of a child’s development including their cognitive abilities, their social skills as well as their emotional wellbeing. Building emotional resilience is key and we believe there are core attributes seen in mentally healthy children and young people:
The ability to build and sustain positive personal relationships
A continuous progress of psychological development
An ability to play and to learn appropriately for their age and intellectual level
A developing moral sense of right and wrong
The capacity to cope with a degree of emotional challenge
A clear sense of identify and self-worth
With good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. They enjoy their childhoods, are able to deal with stress and difficult times, are able to learn better, do better at school, navigate and benefit from the online world they are growing up in and enjoy friendships and new experiences.
Childhood and teenage years are when mental health is developed and patterns are set for the future. So a child with good mental health is much more likely to have good mental health as an adult, and to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfil their potential.
Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Guide for Professionals
Building Children and Young People's Emotional Resilience & Wellbeing - HeadStart
Emotional Health & Wellbeing Multi-Agency Partnership 'Plan on a Page'